I and my daughter in general education kindergarten at Daniel Webster really enjoy the place. It's small, very focused, and offers tons of options. Plus it's right in the neighborhood which makes it all the more valuable. In response to the parent concerned about test scores: Sometimes test scores don't tell the whole story and sometimes they're a bit out of date. You should definitely tour a cluster of schools as well as Daniel Webster to get a sense for what you like and what makes each distinct.
It sounds to me like the parent that gave Daniel Webster one star really wants to send her kids to private school but can't afford it. Instead she decided to judge Daniel Webster without even having children in attendance. Daniel Webster has an amazing parent involvement that are doing so many great things for the school. The teachers are great at Daniel Webster so there is no "false picture of their ability" as you say. Public school in SF is based on a choice system and you don't have to chose DW for your children. However writing a review about the school when your children don't even attend and giving it only one star without being involved on a daily basis is doing everyone's efforts a disservice. Life isn't only about test scores! We think Daniel Webster is a great school that is only getting better.
Hello, I am a parent of two boys fast approaching school age. Upon doing my research and planning for my family and finances for the next five years; I am very discouraged that my public school option, Webster Elm., performs so poorly. Yet, the ratings from the parents are so high. Can someone explain? I ask parents to be a bit more critical of how their children's education is managed. Simply, these 5 stars we provide teachers will do nothing for our children if they can't meet standard, but more importantly provide the teachers a false picture of their abilities. The money is there, the student: student ratio is low; we are running out of excuses.
Our daughter is in 4th grade. We love Daniel Webster because: + DW is a small school where everyone knows your child + DW has an active local community that supports the school + DW has talented, dedicated teachers who work in innovative ways and inspire learning + DW has an active, engaged parent body, including PTA & ELAC who are working together to bring resources and support to the school + DW has a robust and thoughtfully conceived enrichment program serving ALL grades that includes creative and dramatic arts, music, dance, health, nutrition and extensive field trips that help to bring the curriculum to life. + DW's classrooms are undergoing technology upgrades, including smart boards, tablets and computers. + DW is in the process of identifying PROP A renovations and will receive a substantial face lift, if not be partially rebuilt, in the next few years.
We have been very pleased with Daniel Webster as an elementary school for our son. It's situated in a bright and sunny neighborhood and has excellent parent involvement as well as a dedicated and caring staff. The efforts put forth by the parents and staff truly shows, as this school continues to improve every year. Daniel Webster has a bright future as an exemplary K-5 school and will continue to shine! We are so glad our son is a part of this dynamic small (yet growing) school!
We are very impressed with the spanish immersion program at Daniel Webster. The school has a strong sense of community, great parent involvement, and a fabulous principal! This is a school to watch!
Excellent parent involvement and coordination with the teaching staff makes this gem on the top of Potrero Hill really shine.
This is more than just a school, it's a real part of the Potrero Hill community. I love that my daughter went to kindergarten with 11 of her friends from preschool and that she's building friendships that will last a lifetime. Spanish Immersion has been an amazing experience for her and it's been wonderful to see her reading equally well in English and in Spanish. Her teachers have all been awesome - energetic, creative, passionate, and caring. My daughter loves to learn and I give the teachers big credit for keeping her engaged and challenged!
A true Phoenix rising story, DW was on the brink of closure when a group of concerned parents stepped in to save it and build a Spanish-immersion program. My son has been a student from the beginning and we could not be more satisfied with the dedication of the teachers, the quality of education and the strong community that has formed around our little school that could. Every year things seem to get more organized and efficient. It's truly a pleasure to join the morning circle every day and pledge to be the best possible me along with the children and our dear friends from the community.
Daniel Webster Elementary is a great school with wonderful teachers. We have good parent participation and it feels like being part of a big family.
My daughter has attended the Spanish Immersion for two years now. We are thrilled with the teaching quality and sense of community this school offers. It is a hidden gem. The kids are learning and happy, the parents are extremely involved and the teachers are top notch. Additionally, there are lots of enrichment activities for the kids , not to mention a second language!
My daughter has only been in Daniel Webster for K and 1st grade and her General Education teachers (not Spanish Immersion) have been excellent. Also, the parent involvement in this school is fantastic.
My school, Daniel Webster Elementary, is one of the "up and coming" San Francisco public elementary schools!! It that has a dynamic Spanish Immersion program and committed PTA. Parents play an active role each day at our school. The kids are awesome!! We celebrate diversity and share our rich cultural traditions throughout the year. We seek to create a learning environment for each child to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We have a 0 tolerance for bullying. Our warm kind-hearted, dedicated teachers and staff reach out to kids that are struggling and lend support. Located in the sunny beautiful neighborhood of Potrero Hill,,,Daniel Webster is a wonderful school!
I have 2 kids in Daniel Webster, my son (4th grade) and my daughter (2nd grade). The community of families is culturally diverse and active. The teachers are young and full of energy. I love our principal, she is very understanding and open to new ideas. The building is old but the playground is really nice, safe...and sunny!. The PTA is very passionate, dynamic and friendly.
Our daughter was in E R Taylor the first week of school but we thought that school wasn't the right school for us. We saw the difference when we were at the office to do the paperwork, this is just one example of the many good things in this school, the people was so friendly and one think that we notice was that they knew the name of all the kids. We couldn't be happier, we are involved in the school and having everyone there with a big smile makes all the difference. Please don't mind the low rating, we didn't think this was a good school just because of the numbers, but what a big difference once you are there, give it a try, you won't regret it. ER Taylor has 8 out of 10 and believe me that we are happier here, Ms Gonzalez is my daughter's teacher and she is GREAT!!
DW has made great strides due to heavy parent involvement at every turn. The result is a school where kids are learning in a supportive, multicultural environment. Many more kids from white collar families than the (outdated) stats imply. One of the few truly diverse schools in the city, and my daughter is benefiting in every way.
Our daughter is in Ms. Gonzales' Spanish Immersion kindergarten class, and we are very happy with her and Daniel Webster as a whole. We are a bilingual family, but didn't feel that our daughter really enjoyed or understood the importance of speaking more than one language until now. She comes home singing, reading, and writing in Spanish. She is happy to go to school everyday and has made many good friends. We also feel that DW is the right match for us as parents and are connecting and making new friendships with many wonderful people. The parent involvement is great, and everyone who works at DW seems to be there because they really love these kids and want to give them everything they can. It is exciting and rewarding to be involved in such a passionate and dedicated community.
Our son transferred to DW last year for 1st grade a month into the school year. It was a little tough for him, but made so much easier by the immediate friendliness of his peers and teachers. He came home the first day saying he had a friend. I think this is a good example of the feeling at DW - a small, tight-knit and friendly community. It is also exciting to be a part of a school that is dynamically on the up-swing. A critical mass of neighborhood parents started a Spanish immersion preschool and implemented a new Spanish immersion program several years ago. As part of this effort, the school's PTA began in 2008 and has ramped up quickly, bringing in nearly 100K last year. I include that to point out that this school is solid. This is a school that is increasingly promoting academics and able to solve problems as they arise. As of last year, we now have the EXCEL after-school program as well, which has been a great addition, including great enrichment activities. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but I am so happily a part of this community that comes together to ensure a friendly, safe and dynamic school experience for our kids.
Our daughter goes to Spanish Immersion at DW and really likes it. Her friends are smart, she interacts with a broad range of kids and is becoming very fluent in Spanish. I'm bilingual and am very grateful that she will have that gift also. The parents are great here; the PTA is determined to help all the children from all backgrounds learn to their fullest potential. We chip in for extra programs and are working with the SFUSD board to move our school to a K-8 model. Our test scores are low because we have a LOT of English language learners, but our local ELAC committee is working with community groups to get tutoring and other programs in place to help those children also.
Great sense of community and commitment to improve. The test scores do not reflect how passionate this school is about nurturing it's students to fulfill their potential. We haven't had a second thought about having our son attend Webster Elementary and look forward to the years to come!
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